Feb 14, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter

Theme: Noahs - It is a repeating of four 'oo' sound, but no 'ahs'.

20A. Dismiss an occult doll-making practice? : POOH-POOH VOO-DOO

32A. "What's that chocolate beverage you're drinking, Yogi?" answer : "YOO-HOO, BOO-BOO"

42A. Model train expert? : CHOO-CHOO GURU

56A. Frilly Hawaiian dress? : FROU-FROU MUU-MUU

Argyle here with our own HeartRX, and on Valentine's Day, too. A fun puzzle today.


1. Place for family game night : DEN

4. Book of poems partly by King David : PSALMS

10. Farm grazer : COW

13. Egg cells : OVA

14. Communicating regularly : IN TOUCH

16. Fat Tire product : ALE

17. Ballplayer's hat : CAP

18. Woos, minstrel-style : SINGS TO

19. N.J. neighbor : DELaware.

23. Hanukkah money : GELT

24. Govt.-issued ID : SSN

25. Donahue and Collins : PHILs. Talk show host/Singer

26. Double Stuf cookies : OREOs

28. With 57-Down, wealthy people : THE 57D. See 28-Across : RICH

31. Hair removal brand : NEET

36. Raggedy doll : ANN

37. Debate side : PRO

38. PC component : CRT. (cathode ray tube) A former component these days.

39. Studio whose films get off to a roaring start : MGM

45. Speed-of-sound name : MACH

48. Wee, like bairns : SMA. In Scotland, bairns means children.

49. Sarandon of "Bull Durham" : SUSAN. Here in a "Got Milk?" ad.

50. Snow-block home : IGLOO

52. Hippie's home : PAD. Now a hippie Eskimo is hard to imagine. But they'd be cool.

55. When Romeo meets Juliet : ACT I and 43D. Juliet's family name : CAPULET

60. Small amount : FEW

61. Temps : FILL INs

62. Fib, e.g. : LIE

64. Dark time for a poet : EEN

65. Kind of fiction : SCIENCE

66. Recreational transport, briefly : ATV. An all-terrain vehicle (ATV), also known as a quad, quad bike, three-wheeler, or four-wheeler. Three-wheelers were found to be unsafe and I don't think they are being made any more.

67. Driller's deg. : DDS. Doctor of Dental Surgery. (dentist)

68. More sexy : HOTTER and 39D. Powerfully built : MUSCULAR

69. Manhattan liquor : RYE


1. Bespectacled dwarf : DOC

2. Role for Patti LuPone or Madonna : EVA PERON. Patti LuPone is known for her Tony Award-winning performances as Eva PerĂ³n in the 1979 stage musical "Evita". Madonna portrayed her in the movie, "Evita"

3. Layered pastry : NAPOLEON. Yum!

4. "Hogwash!" : "PISH!"

5. Scissors cuts : SNIPS

6. Periodic table figs. : AT NOs. Atomic Numbers

7. Access with a password : LOG ON TO

8. "Faster, huskies!" : "MUSH!". Very versatile word. MUSH can be a verb, with or without an object, an interjection(as clued), or a noun; all relating to dog sleds and dog sledding.

9. John Candy skit show : SCTV. Second City Television (SCTV) is a Canadian television sketch comedy show offshoot from Toronto's The Second City troupe that ran between 1976 and 1984.

10. Golf bag carrier : CADDIE

11D. World Cup chant : OLE! OLE! and 12D. Runner-up's news : "WE LOST". Another interesting pairing.

15. Earring style : HOOP

21. Texter's "From a different aspect ..." : OTOH. "On The Other Hand ..."

22. "Say it isn't so!" : "OH NO!"

23. "La maja desnuda" painter : GOYA

27. Second-year student : SOPHomore.

29. High, in Hamburg : HOCH. German.

30. Spanish river : EBRO. In the north of Spain.

33. Top Olympic medals, in Madrid : OROs. In the center of Spain.

34. Rapid economic expansion : BOOM

35. Plains tribesmen : OTO

40. Tip on a table : GRATUITY

41. City bond, informally : MUNI. (Municipal bond)

42. Dynasty during Confucius' time : CHOU. Confucius' time was the Spring and Autumn Period, a period in Chinese history that roughly corresponds to the first half of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty(Chou) between 722 and 479 BC.

44. American territory in the Pacific : GUAM. The commemorative quarter.

45. Offended : MIFFED

46. Signed a pact, say : AGREED

47. Circus performers : CLOWNS

51. Slays, mob-style : OFFs

53. "Care for __?": after-dinner offer : A MINT

54. Numbskull : DUNCE

58. Hodgepodge : OLIO

59. Mouse manipulator : USER

63. Night of anticipation : EVE


Note from C.C.:

1 Happy Birthday to dear Marti! Thanks for the fun puzzles & everyday wit and warmth. Hugs!

2 Happy 4-year blog anniversary to Dennis, the secret engine behind this blog. Thank you for being there, Dummy!


fermatprime said...

Great puzzle Marti! Loved it!

Also, hope you have a very happy birthday!

Happy blogging anniversary, Dennis!

Loved the theme. Once I got the first one, the rest were easy.

Must get some sleep!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Happy Birthday, Marti!!!

Fun puzzle today with a cute theme. I had no idea FROU FROU rhymed with CHOO CHOO (which isn't surprising since I've barely even seen the phrase before).

Got held a little bit at the crossing of HOCH and THE. I'm not at all familiar with the German word and couldn't guess THE until I finally got around to the cross referenced clue. THE RICH was actually a bit of a letdown, since I was expecting something a bit more metaphorical and less literal.

Everything else was smooth. Learning moment of the day was finding out that Patti LuPone played EVA PERON. Nice to know!

fermatprime said...

More on Downton: I think Matthew is a jerk. Amazing that the other folks didn't die of Spanish flu. Pity that Richard did not get it!

fermatprime said...

In re Virginia and BillG's comments yesterday: The show is called
DOWNTON Abbey (no extra W) and it is a Masterpiece CLASSIC production. (Even with the extra W, it comes up immediately on Google)

See Masterpiece Schedule.

desper-otto said...

Good morning, all! And HBD to HeartRx, and congrats on placing a puzzle on your birthday. Also HBA, Dennis. You must have been there at the birth.

My SLITS turned to SNIPS and my USAUSA turned to OLEOLE. Otherwise my grid is pretty clean this morning.

Learning moment: SCTV arose in Toronto. I always thought it came from Chicago.

Does anybody still use the word DUNCE, or has it gone the way of the CRT and the Passenger Pigeon?

I thought DDS near FILLINS was cute, though probably unintentional.

If Pablo wrote a poem about La Maja, would that be a Neruda Desnuda?

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Marti and friends. How special to have your puzzle published on your birthday! What a great start to your special day.

I was on Marti's wavelength as I filled out this puzzle. I laughed when I realized the funny rhyming theme.

The few clues I didn't know (such as Fat Tire Product = ALE) were easily filled in by the perps.

My favorite clue was Mouse Manipulator = USER.

I also liked Driller's Deg. = DDS. I was almost fooled by that clue.

Today's QOD is in honor of another birthday celebrant: There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. ~ Albert Schweitzer (1875 ~ 1965)

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

Happy Birthday Marti and thanks for a wonderfully constructed puzzle today.

I caught onto the theme early on, but it certainly didn't help a lot in the solution. Lots of clues I wasn't comfortable with such as Capulet. Wanted an E instead of the U. Pish, Napoleon, OTOH, & Hoch were others that gave me reason to pause. But in the end, I got it done.

Happy V Day to all.

Lemonade714 said...

HBDTY, HBDTY HB D Marti HBDTY, and many more.

Really fun puzzle.

punnisher said...

The hippie lifestyle is hard to maintain for most Eskimos, but those who manage are really "inuit".

Avg Joe said...

Good morning all. A very Happy Birthday Marti.

Caught the theme early, but after the first 2 were filled, expected the remainders to employ OO as well. My reasoning was that you always sign off by saying "Hugs" and on V Day, that would be apropos. But that transition didn't slow things much and it was very enjoyable.

I second Otto's learning moment. I always thought that Second City referred to Chicago.

John Lampkin said...

Happy blogiversary, Dennis and Happy BD, Marti. And happy VD to you all! Er...rather...

Marti, that theme is just too silly for words. POOH POOH VOODOO indeed! Wish I had thought of it.

kazie said...

A wonderful birthday to Marti and as has already been said, quite a treat to publish on your birthday! I remember when you first posted that pickle photo, but can't remember where it was. I see there's a statue of Friedrich Schiller behind you, but that doesn't help, as I can't remember where it is either.

The puzzle ran smoothly for me and was fun to FILL IN. My only stumble was wanting CHOO/FROO/CAPOLET and not realizing they were wrong. But I loved the fun theme answers and they all came easily, despite not being aware of YOOHOO as a drink.

kazie said...

I forgot Dennis' blog anniversary. Amazing that four years have already passed here. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

To Avg. Joe: Second City does refer to Chicago--the SC troupe originated there and then set up offshoots in Toronto and LA.

Mush is even more versatile than just related to dogsledding, also made out of cornmeal, panfried with maple syrup drizzled on top. Not healthy, but yummy!!

ant said...

D-Otto, funny you should say that about SCTV. Apparently, the Bob & Doug McKenzie skits were added to give the show some Canadian content, and ended up being one of the more popular parts of the program.

The part of their song that's "sung by angels" kinda, sorta fits in with today's theme: Take Off (2:43).

Happy birthday, Marti! Have a LOVELY day!

HeartRx said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Fun write-up, Argyle - I loved your title! And it's already getting hot and sexy this morning, I see - yowza!

I really chuckled when I read your hippie Eskimo comment, and I see punnisher was all over that one.

Thanks for all the bday wishes, everyone! John L, I always have the same thought when I do your puzzles ("Wish I had thought of that") !!

And special hugs today to C.C. and Dennis, her boy friday!! You two have made this blog into a real home for so many of us. Thank you!

ant said...

Argyle, apparently my previous post went the way of the Great White North. Any reason why this keeps happening to me?

Grumpy 1 said...

Good morning, all. Congratulations Marti. A birthday, a publishing and a Valentine's Day all rolled in one. That calls for a special toast. How about one of those over-the-top umbrella drinks? You know... a TOOTOO FUFU drink.

Congratulations Dennis, and a big thanks for helping to keep the blog rolling along. I tried to work your nickname in at 54d, but only had a 40% success rate.

Lot's of fun stuff, no unknowns, today.

Husker Gary said...

Happy Val’s Day to all my friends here on the Corner and thanks for a lovely Tuesday offering Marti (who else but HeartRX today)! Fun and learning in the same box, oh my! As Yogi would say after his Yoo Hoo, “Smarter than the average bear!” HBD to you and Happy Ann. to Dennis.

-FROOFROOMUMU? Not so much.
-Post office is going broke because we keep IN TOUCH electronically now
-Gelt is hidden in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm
-THE RICH are despised until people become one
-I used to give CRT’s – Criterion Reference Tests
-One of the unique parts of air shows is hearing the sound of the MACH 1 jets come roaring by after the plane is almost out of sight
-An ATV in hilly terrain is deadly
-NJ Irish’s link to HOTTER Downton Abbey cast yesterday was fabulous
-Could a MUSHer be dining on MUSH and yell MUSH to his dogs while reading some MUSH?

Mari said...

Hello Fellow Puzzlers,

Like Barry, I also didn't know frou rhymed with choo. But I did like the theme. The long answers were easy and cute.

I got hung up on HOCH and EBRO but the rest fell into place easily.

Does one POOH POOH after drinking YOO HOO? That would probably be a BOO BOO.

Happy Birthday HeartRX. (WOOT WOOT!)

Mari said...

I thought the answers to 28A and 57D: were going to be NOT MARI

C.C. Burnikel said...

Links tend to trigger spam filter. But I've told it repeatedly that Ant is not dangerous, it just won't listen to me.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning Argyle and all.

Happy Birthday to Marti, and a big xoxo for this great puzzle.

From GELT to GOYA to GRATUITY, this was fun to work on. With the 'u' sounding theme fill, it was possible to fill in many o's and u's before sussing the complete phrase. Remembered CAPULET from an earlier puzzle. No look-ups needed. BZ for a great job, Marti.

HOCH auf dem Gelben Wagon. (The Walter Scheel in the caption was the W. German president in the 1970's)

Congrats to Dennis on his 4 years of "herding cats"

Have a great day.

Hahtoolah said...

Ron Worden: happy birthday to your wife as well!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thanks, Marti, for a swell puzzle. A little confusing to me in spots. Thank you, Argyle, for the write-up.

Happy Birthday, Marti, and many more.

Happy 4-year anniversary to you, Dennis, and many more as well.

Got started easily. 20A came easily once I saw the idea. lots of O's.

I do not get 32A, YOOHOO BOOBOO.

CHOO CHOO GURU was easy.

Did not get FROU FROU MUU MUU. I understand the MUU MUU is a dress, but have no idea what FROU FROU means.

Never heard of PISH. Perps got it.

This was a fun puzzle, just lots of wags, perps, and question marks.

See you tomorrow.


Razz said...

Happy Valentine's Day - CC and all the DFs and DFettes.

Happy Anniversary - Dennis

Happy Birthday - Marti

This was just silly and I like silly for Valentine's. No boohoo for this cw!

CrossEyedDave said...

IrishMiss 2/13@9:57pm

Here is a Bichon Frise for you on Valentine's Day.

Mari said...


Yoo Hoo

Boo Boo

Splynter said...

Hi There ~!

Well, HB-day to you, HeartRx ~!!! A published puzzle is just about the best present you can get here, ain't it??? Quite cute, and I picked up on the theme at "Yoo-Hoo". Nice to see something fresh for ALE, too.

I now have the Crossword software (Xie Xie C.C.~!)- all I need is the time ~!!

I just got around to looking at the second half of yesterday's blog - yes, Avg Joe, you're right, I do have a hack saw, a frameless hacksaw, and somewhere there is a mitre box with a hand saw in it, but it could probably go on the wall as art, these days - I have this now, which takes care of most every cut I need to make.


carol said...

Hi all,

A very Happy Birthday Marti!!!

I had a lot of trouble with this puzzle and could not finish it.


Someone PLEASE tell be what 32A means?? What does Yoo Hoo have to do with a chocolate beverage???

I think I may need another cup of coffee, my one cup is obviously not doing much.

Happy 4th blog anniversary Dennis, I think there are a lot of us coming up on the 4 year mark. Thanks for your contributions - you make this a fun place.

carol said...

Mari, thanks so much for the chocolate drink ID....never heard of it (obviously). Must be regional, or because I don't pay attention to kiddie drinks. :0

Avg Joe said...

I'd agree Splynter that it's a lot easier to do most cuts with a power miter box. The hand powered tools are primarily for special circumstances.

Since I'm no longer a working carpenter I only have my original DeWalt 10" box. Never could justify a newer compound unit, but they are slick. My Rockwell 315-1 and my Skil 77 don't get much use anymore either.

Virginia said...

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Happy birthday and anniversary. Wow! This is a full day!

Thanks for a super fun puzzle Marti and a wonderful write-up Argyle! For the first time I can say I got the theme early and it helped!

Did anyone see Westminster last night? Don't forget tonight too, the best ones, Terriers, show last.

Fermataprime - thanks for the info on the show! Can't wait to watch. You folks talk about the characters like they were family members, the kind that should be locked in the attic :)!

Qli said...

Good Valentine's Day puzzle; thanks, Marti.

I am enjoying all the Downton talk; that show has sucked me right in. I think Mary is the jerk, though.

Coach J said...

I'm new and don't know everyone, but happy birthday from the snow-covered hills of Kentucky. Enjoyed the puzzle...although it took awhile to come together for me. I love me some Yoo-Hoo! Great day to all!

Saint V. said...

Confucius say:
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

Confucius 2.0 say:
Get your heart on!

Anonymous said...

YooHoo is not just any old kids' drink. Sure, children like it but the real connoisseurs are adults. It should never be served in expensive stem ware, only straight from the bottle. It pairs well with, well, another bottle of YooHoo.

Anonymous said...

It seems as if we have had to skip certain posts more often recently. Its all good though. I'll just turn the channel until something more interesting comes on.

Warren said...

Happy birthday Marti! If your birthday is on Valentine's day it must be an extra special day.

Has anyone noticed the special day theme for Google today? See detail here

Irish Miss said...

Good morning all:

Happy Birthday, Marti-great puzzle and nice expo, Argyle.
And happy anniversary, Dennis. Didn't have any major problems and finished with a clean grid. A good Tuesday workout.

CeDave @ 9:01: Thanks for the video of the talking Bichon; what a beautiful puppy! Of course, in my book, all Bichons are beautiful.

Hatool @ 6:28: Love the QOD, but I think it should be music and dogs. Lol.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

Lucina said...

Happy Valentine's Day, amigas and amigos!

Happy birthday and special wishes, Marti, hugs, too!

Congratulations, Dennis, and many thanks.

And . . . happy 100th birthday, Arizona!

YOO HOO! So much happening all in one day, but Marti, you are the star, today, and congratulations on another fun puzzle. OLE, OLE!

It was great fun to fill all those OOOO's, not only in the theme but IGLOO, BOOM, OROS, GOYA, OREOS, OTOS.

how do you do it, Marti?

Mari, thank you for the link to YOOHOO chocolate as I had no idea what that was, just filled it.

Abejo, FROU FROU means overly frilly ornamentation especially in women's clothing.

Have a special Valentine's Day, everyone!

CrossEyedDave said...

Happy B-Day HeartRx

Don't take this personally, (i am a married man) but i could not resist these guys Note the tails)

and to Dennis, happy A-Day, Um,,Err, (nods to John Lampkin:) How many years is it now?


Had a couple of write overs:

The "P" at the end of 15D Earring Style made me put "clip."

35D i had Utes at first, i have got to wait for Perps whent he clue is "tribesmen"

28A "THE" (didn't think it was that easy)

38A CRT (is allowed to use "old english?)

All of which left a hole in the middle which made me Google Spanish Rivers.

PK said...

Hi Y'all,

One thing to say about this puzzle: "OOOOOLaLa!" Fun, fun! Thanks, Marti, and happy birthday! Happy anniversary, Dennis. Thanks, Argyle!

Never heard of SCTV. Thought John Candy was on SNL, which I never watch, so tripped up a bit there.

At last, some good has come of hearing Saturday morning cartoons when my kids were little: I knew Yogi Bear and BooBoo Bear in Jellystone Park.

Learned about YooHoo Chocolate drink from Harlen Coben's novels. And they thought I was just wasting my time reading mysteries.

Our first snow on the prairie here yesterday--2 inches. My driveway is south-facing and self-cleaned, goody goody, with afternoon sunshine in 34 degrees. My yardman called to see if I wanted it shoveled while I was out feeding the cat. By the time I saw the message, it had melted.

Anonymous said...

Perfect treat: Yoo Hoos and Ho Hos, for the chocolate lover in us all.

Misty said...

A terrific Valentine's Day puzzle. I got everything quickly and when I got POOH POOH VOODOO I had to see who the constructor was. Marti! I knew it, I knew it. And then to find out it's your birthday on top of everything! What a great triple this must be for you today!

The rest of the puzzle was just as much fun as the beginning--a total joy to start a lovely day. I just put a Valentine's Day card on my sweetie's breakfast placemat so that when he comes to the table with his caretaker he'll find it. I noticed he bought 7 cards for me at Pavilion's when we were shopping, so I'm in for some fun too!

Have a great one, everybody!

Tuttle said...

In other parts of the world they sing different words to the "OLE! OLE!" chant. In Liverpool they sing "Attack! Attack!". The other day this happened:

60,000 fans then sung "A Cat! A Cat! A cat-a-cat-a-cat!" to the same tune.

Jerome said...

Marti- All the themers sound like Aztec or Tahitian gods.

A ton of fun and just the kind of zaniness I enjoy. And... What? Rich didn't like POODLE DOO DOO?

Tinbeni said...

Happy Birthday HeartRx & Ron's wife.
Happy 4th Anniversary Dennis.

FUN Tuesday, Woo Hoo!

Of course my fave today was RYE.

CED, thanks for the Bichon link.
They are a great looking breed.

Of course at the Westminister the dogs are groomed to their breed specifications.
As such, I almost didn't recognize the Lhasa Apso.
(If Rusty's hair was that long, here in Tampa Bay, he'd die from the heat).

The Pekingese, named Malachy, that won the Toy group was rated # 2 last year (on the Dog Show circuit). He'd be nice to have, to dust your floors.

I'm toasting all the wonderful dogs in the Westminister at Sunset.


Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everyone.

Happy Birthday HeartRx. And happy blog anniversary Dennis.

Had alte not HOCH. And at first I thought the it was spelled moo moo. That held me up for a while. Great fun.

Especially greetings to clear ayes,
I hope all is going well with you.

And happy valentine's day to all.


CrazyCat said...

Happy V Day everyone. Happy Birthday Marti and Congrats Dennis. Thanks Argyle. No Ahs was good!

Cute and easy puzzle this morning. Enjoyed it thoroughly, especially since it was the first puzzle I've done since Saturday and that one was a bummer.I tried to do it in the car which didn't help. Only write overs today were CPU for CRT and DUMMY before DUNCE.

The theme gave me giggles, especially frou frou muu muu. I wish I had one in my closet.

CED 9:01 My wire fox terrier liked your Bichon. Any barking emanating from my laptop always intrigues her.

Jayce said...

Happy birthday, Marti.
Congratulations, Dennis.
Happy Valentine's Day to you all.

windhover said...

Hey CoachJ,
Where in Kentucky are the hills snow covered today. Rain only here in the Outer Bluegrass.

Razz said...

@Jerome - Now that's funny (and silly)!

Argyle said...

Addendum : Second City referred to Chicago troupe, Second City Television was strictly Toronto.

JD said...

Good morning Marti, C.C. et al,

Hilarious theme...loved it, although the spelling slowed me down. I was challenged in the ❤: tHe/Hoch & EbRo/cRt.There were so many fun clues/answers.

♫•*¨*•.❤.•*¨*•♫♪•.¸¸.•´♫♪♩♬*¨*`•.♥.•´*♫♪ HBTY Marti

Dennis, thanks for returning to the fold; it wasn't the same without you.❤

Husker, what a darling grandson you have..great picture!

Hats off to both AZ and OR.

On this day in 1876 Alexander Graham Bell filed a patent for the telephone. Do you think he had any idea of how it would change our society?

Bill G. said...

Fun puzzle. I haven't read the other posts yet but I wanted to re-ask a question. I asked a day or two ago but nobody answered, maybe because it was late in the day. How do I use Picasa to post a link to a photo here?

I've got Picasa and I've got a couple of JPGs on my desktop. How do I put them into Picasa together in a folder? Then how do I link to them. Give it to me step by step because I have never used Picasa for anything. Thanks in advance.

LaLaLinda said...

Hi All ~~

Happy Birthday, HeartRx/Marti! What a wonderful puzzle ... such fun sounds! I think my favorite is YOOHOOBOOBOO. I can picture Yogi saying this. Thanks for the write-up, Argyle ... I really like your puzzle title.

~~ Hahtool ~ I've always loved that quote ... two of my most favorite things.

~~ Like Grumpy, I tried 'Dummy' before DUNCE but I think that was my only write-over. Thanks to you, Dennis for all you've done for the Corner.

~~ Ant ~ I had much trouble with "Spam Syndrome" - Argyle came to my rescue a number of times ... seems like it's your turn.


Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers.

Late. Again.

That means all the good comments are used up. So let me say HBTY Marti! And congratulations for getting a fun puzzle published right on the day!

Happy Anniversary Dennis, and thanks for helping us Corner the market on puzzly wit!

Ron Worden said...

Good afternoon to all and happy valentines day. Happy birthday to you Marti,and what a great puzzle. Double stuf was a great clue noone in my house will eat reg. oreos anymore. Thanks Hatool and Tin for the DW's Birthday wish. I celebrate on Fri. another year,WOW. I find it interesting,Tin that you are a westminister fan. I always watch as my grandfather judged there back in the 60's.Have a great day to all RJW.

Tinbeni said...

Between the Super Bowl and when "the pitchers & catchers" report for Spring Training ... I consider the Westminister "THE sporting event."

Funny thing is, I've never had a dog.
Rusty is my Gal-Pal's pure-bred Lhasa-Apso.

A long time ago, when they started broadcasting it on TV, I became hooked.

Must be all those walks on Honeymoon Island's South Beach, where dog's are allowed.
I've always loved watching the pooches having a blast at the beach.
Each breed has a unique personality.
And I enjoy it when they come up to meet me! They're a Hoot.


eddyB said...


Thought maybe we would have a heart shaped grid today. But, thanks M.

Question for math people:
Does Dimensions in Mathematics
by Dr. L.C. Purnaut really exist
or is it only in The Girl Who
Played With Fire.
Couldn't find it on line and HUP said that they didn't publish it.
Anyway, Lisbeth is trying to solve Fermat's Last Theorem.

Up three points and have three games in hand.

Take care. eddy

Hahtoolah said...

Interesting trivia relating to 45-Across: the sound-of-speed name = Ernest MACH. The 176th anniversary of his birthday is this Saturday. He was born on February 18, 1838 and died 1 day after his 78th birthday, on February 19, 1916.

Bill G. said...

EddyB, good luck to Lisbeth! I hope she can do it in the manner that Fermat would have had to do it. In case both of you don't know, it's been solved with some very sophisticated modern math by Andrew Wiles. It was very unsatisfying for me since it used modern math concepts that Fermat would never have known or understood. Still, it was a life's ambition for Wiles and he finally did it.

Marti, I didn't get to say earlier how much I enjoyed the puzzle. Happy birthday too.

I really love today's Google doodle.

I had a cat years ago that used to lie across my head at night. When she was purring while covering my ear, it sounded like a WWII bomber flyover. She would walk down the sidewalk a block to meet me coming home. She hopped up on my bed one morning and had all her kittens while lying next to me. She was special.

Steve said...

Happy Birthday and nice puzzle, Marti!

I tried TUTU TUTU MUU MUU for some crazy reason before I realized I was double-counting my TUTU. Weird what my brain comes out with sometimes.

Sadly lost in the annals of history, but a British singer, Julie Covington, sang the title role in the original recording of Evita. I always liked her version of "Don't Cry for me Argentina" the best.

Happy Blogiversary, Dennis!

Today is the day to avoid restaurants at all costs!

Avg Joe said...

Yo Steve. Since you're the resident foodie, I'd like to ask: We're planning on lobster tails and asparagus tonight. Any other suggestions for a side?

Argyle said...

The Spirit Of Man performed by Phil Lynott and Julie Covington from Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds. (6:52)

Papa Cass said...

Fun puzzle today.

11D Ole Ole and 68A Hotter reminded me of this little ditty.

Ole Ole Hot Hot Hot

It's my Valentine wish to you all.

LA CW Addict said...


My new kitten decided he wanted to blog!

Avg Joe said...

Warren pointed out the Google doodle of the day earlier and if you haven't seen it, you should. I also thought the original of that tune might be worth noting, so here's Hank with Cold, Cold Heart.

Happy Valentines Day all.

HeartRx said...

I think this has been the best Valen-irthday I have ever had! Thanks to Rich for publishing this puzz on Tuesday instead of Monday, as planned. So sweet! (He knew it was my birthday today.)

I had so much fun doing this one, and had other words like tutu, pupu, zulu, lulu, cuckoo, moo goo to play with. Can anyone else make some clue-able entries of those? If yes, let me know...maybe we can collaborate on the next silly puzzle!

DH has been hiding cards and gifts all around the house today, just waiting for me to discover them. Now I have to go get ready for a lovely dinner at our favorite restaurant, where he proposed (...sigggghhhh, so romantic!) So, I will probably be reading the rest of today's comments tomorrow morning, with an ice-pack on my head!

Argyle said...

Crazy for stir-fried chicken with mushrooms : MOO GOO CUCKOO

Seldom Seen said...

Facility for mad cow disease patients: CUCKOO MOO ZOO

Warren said...

For Marti: some more food nicknames

Seldom Seen said...

Waste product at an Australian wildlife park: ROO ZOO POO GOO

Seldom Seen said...

Dilemma if Ms. Grafton refuses to sign your copy of "V is for Vengeance": DO YOU SUE SUE?

Abejo said...

To Mari:

Thank you for the explanation of YOO HOO and BOO BOO.

I don't get out much.


Abejo said...

To Avg Joe:

Thank you for the Hank Williams link. He is my all-time favorite singer and composer.


Anonymous said...

I'm new to this puzzle. What references are considered acceptable to use when completing it (or crosswords, in general)? Googling seems like cheating but I resort to it when stymied (however, I do give it a good try before succumbing) which occurs at least once each puzzle and sometimes a few times. I do seem to be slowly improving. Thanks for any guidance that can be provided.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, What a fun Puzzle! I enjoyed the theme answers tremendously and after the first one, I knew what I was looking for.

There were only a couple of unknowns, all perable, and I finished in record time for me.

Happy Birthday Marti! What a great day to have a birthday and have your puzzle published as well.

Happy Blogging Anniversary to Dennis. It's good to have you back.

A very Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. You have all become very special friends.

Chickie said...

Anonymous at 7:23: I think the references used to find and answer and Googling a clue are up to the individual doing a crossword.

We have all had to have help at one time or another with a clue. I myself use a large Crossword Dictionary and do Google at times.

I consider the lookups a learning experience and not cheating. As you work more and more puzzles you'll find that you need those crutches less and less. Hang in there.

Lemonade714 said...

Well, the day is almost done and no one has referenced that great American, Gunther Tootie, who protected and served in Car 54 Where Are You? where his catch phrase was OOH OOH .

Call me anytime Martin, I am a font of silliness.

Lucina said...

What Chickie said and I second it by telling you that for years as I struggled with obscure words in crosswords I bought reference books, dictionaries, thesauri and anything that would help me. Along the way I gained knowledge.

That was before the internet, of course, which I now use, but sparingly and only as a last recourse.

NJ Irish said...

Hi All and Happy ♥-day. HB Marti, what greater gift then to be published on your BD. Dennis you do make it fun around here, thank you.

This was a fun puzzle, thanks again Marti.

Argyle I was lucky enough to have seen Patti LuPone in Evita, just didn't realize just how long ago that was. Her Don't Cry For Me Argentina was magnificent

Husker Gary, I was really stunned to see just how pretty "O'Brien" Siobhan Finneran is. She is a hottie.

Very glad I found this blog. I always learn something new everyday.

Confucius said...

It is a wise man who knows his limitations but a wiser man who exceeds them.

Anonymous said...

Happy Valentines Day to all of you. Still trying to keep my head above water.

Anonymous said...

I have been remiss...Happy Birthday Marti! Didn't do your puzzle. Maybe tomorrow. Baby steps, can't explain my lapse. Depression maybe. Trying to snap out of it.

Dennis, four years??? Jeez I would have been right behind you. I am thinking you wouldn't like that all too much.

HeartRx said...

Argyle and Seen, too funny! I sense a crossword with your bylines in the future!!

Jeannie - great to see you. I know it has been rough, but hang in there. Unlike Lucy, you have no 'splaining to do!

JD said...

Good to see you Jeannie!

Tinbeni said...

UGH! The Pekingese, Malachy, WON.

I did have it as #7 in the Best-of-Show grouping. (That's out of the seven).

Yup, I wanted the Dalmation, tears ...

Seldom Seen said...

I'm with ya, Tinbeni. I prefer the larger breeds and the ones with, ya know, legs.

Thanks Marti and HBTY.

Tinbeni said...

The German Shepard.
The Doberman (which I'm not a fan of).
Goes back to when I was about 4 or 5, the neighbors Doberman had puppies, I did what any little boy would do when he saw puppies, and was mauled by the Mom doberman.
Geez tonight that was a great dog.
The Irish Setter.
But there is "a circuit" and THAT dog had the "rep" ...

It can clean my floor ... otherwise ... I thought it looked like a large rat. lol.

A "Nightcap" cheers!!!